What's the blue stuff on new tires?
You just shelled out some big bucks on new tires, had them mounted and balanced and now you get to take your sweet ride out and test it's new shoes. But wait... what's that blue, peeling, cracking gross finish on the lettering or whitewall?
Relax, it's not that big of a deal.
Since tires are inherently stored in "stacks" , and then shipped in "stacks", and then displayed and sold in "stacks", the tire manufacturers quickly learned that this constant jostling and rubbing would smudge the gloriously white letters and sidewalls, turning them a dull and unattractive gray. So they decided to quickly paint over the white parts with a protectant that would wash off once they reached their final destination..... your sweet ride.
So what is it and how do you remove it. It's actually a water soluble, soap based tinted acrylic. So basically you will need a water based cleaner, even something that you would find around the house. Sometimes there is a muscular bald man in a white outfit on the label. Spray that on and let it soak really well. Really well. Then blast it off at your local car wash. The blue should come right off. If some remains, a little elbow grease may be required.
Now you know.
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